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Who is your favourite wife and why?
August 11, 2012
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Gill
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My favourite wife (after AB of course!) would have to be Anne of Cleves. She comes across as genuinely nice and kind, and she seems to have had a real love of life after her divorce.

August 11, 2012
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Gill firstly welcome aboard. We are a freindly bunch and enjoy lively debate and even sharing the odd joke or 2..
Yes like you I do admire AOC. she certainly exhibited a lot of good sence and used her head to get out of a bad situation with her head still attached to her shoulders.. I also think that she showed a tremendious amount of prudence after the divorce was over by generally staying out of the way and keeping her mouth shut about whatever Henry was doing. That in turn earned Henry’s respect, and they devoloped a life long freindship because of it.. I’ve said this before in a previous post, but I can’t help wondering if Henry had given his marriage to her a chance I think she would have made him happy.
The old Maxim Beauty is only skin deep it’s the person inside that really counts is just the right say for AOC. She may not have been much to look at but she was a truly beautiful person on the inside.

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August 12, 2012
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Thanks for the welcome! Yes, I often think Henry threw away an opportunity to be happy with AOC. They seem to have got along well after the divorce, so clearly he liked her as a person. I think perhaps he had unrealistically high expectations of her before she arrived, that she couldn’t possibly have matched. Or maybe her first reaction to him before she realised who he was was a blow to his ego…who knows after 500 years. But whatever the reason, he had a huge dummy-spit and refused to see her for the lovely person she was while they were still married. I find it hard to believe it was just her looks – she isn’t recorded anywhere else as being particularly unattractive (I read somewhere that the Flanders Mare comment is not authentic, it was added to the story about a century later) and when Henry married Catherine Parr, Anne complained that KP was not as beautiful as herself – and no one thought that was an absurd comment!

August 12, 2012
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Exactly Gill, the more I read about AOC, the more her personality and warmth shine through. had she and H remained married I can believe that she would be the one remembered as reconciling Henry and his children and she was also of an age to provide a Duke of York and some spares, both male and female.

Her friendship with Mary could have been the start of a whole blossoming royal family.

It's always bunnies.

August 13, 2012
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Yes, it is a shame Henry was such a jerk when it came to AOC. She would have made him an excellent queen.

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